Africa’s aviation sector recorded US$10b loss in 2020 on dwindling passenger numbers – AFRAA

AFRICA – The aviation industry in Africa recorded a passenger revenue loss of about US$10.21 billion for the year 2020, with passenger numbers dropping from 95 million in 2019 to 34.7 million in 2020, representing a year-on-year decline of 63.7 percent. The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) published its impact assessment analysis in June 2021, giving an in-depth analysis of the continent’s air industry performance for 2020, showing that the carriers will continue to lose money in 2021, although it is expected to reduce to about US$8.35 billion. From the end…

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Aviation traffic in Africa sank 73.7% in March 2021 – IATA

AFRICA – The International Air Traffic Association (IATA) has announced that passenger traffic fell in March 2021 compared to pre-COVID 19 levels in March 2019 but rose compared to the immediate month prior to February 2021. The comparisons were done that way because between 2021 and 2020, monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to March 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern. Total demand for air travel in March 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometres or RPKs) was down 67.2%…

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Qatar Airways increases African routes, Cape Town, Durban, Maputo to join in February

SOUTHERN AFRICA – Qatar Airways, in line with its steady rebuild of its Africa network, has rolled out plans to increase flight frequencies to Cape Town to five weekly flights from February 1 and Durban increasing to three weekly flights from February 14. The state-owned flag carrier of Qatar will also increase flights to Maputo to three weekly flights from February 14. Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker, said, “We are proud to be the leading international carrier connecting Africa with Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the…

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African Airlines to lose US$3.7b in 2020 and 2021 – IATA

AFRICA – International Air Transport Association (IATA) has projected that African airlines will lose approximately US$3.7 billion between this year and 2021, with global losses projected to hit US$157 billion. According to the aviation body, the bulk of African losses of about US$2 billion will be registered in 2020, and another US$1.7 billion next year. IATA said that globally, the aviation industry will lose US$118.5 billion this year against an earlier projection of US$84.3 billion, with 2021 accounting for US$38.7 billion in losses. The association had initially expected next year’s losses…

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Airlines Association announces strategic partnership with UK airlines solutions provider

KENYA – The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) has announced a strategic partnership with the leading aviation service provider ACC Aviation Group for the provision of services that will support the development of Africa’s aviation industry.  The strategic partnership forms the basis for AFRAA’s membership services initiative, “AFRAA Consulting – Powered by ACC”, with the global aviation company to lend their expertise across a range of aviation services, including strategic consultancy and asset management, aircraft charter and (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, Insurance) ACMI leasing.  “The air transport industry is a key component of Africa’s economic development and…

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